6 Reasons to Go to Startup Weekend Rocklin

Startup Weekend  has so much to offer to the local community. Even if you don’t have an idea of your own that you want to develop, there are still a lot of great reasons to participate.

1) You’ve Got an Idea
The most obvious reason to come to Startup Weekend is that you’ve got an idea that you want to develop and you need some help creating a business plan, validating your market, or creating a mockup of an app. At Startup Weekend you’ll find others with the skills to help you take your idea to the next level and beyond.

2) You’ve Got Skills You Want to Share
Ok, maybe you don’t have an idea for a new startup, but chances are good that you’ve got skills and knowledge that will be incredibly valuable to others participating in the event. Whether you’re a programmer, developer, designer, marketer, or business person, your skills and experience are needed. Team up with an entrepreneur whose idea resonates with you and you could play a key role in helping to launch an idea.

3) Get Noticed through Networking
Even if you don’t win the competition, the whole weekend is a great opportunity to meet others, share your skills and knowledge, and get noticed.

4) Access to Experienced Coaches and Mentors
We’ve got a very strong line-up of experienced mentors and coaches participating, with years of knowledge and experience that you will be able to tap into. Where else are you going to have access to such great advice in one place over a 3 day period?

5) Great Learning Opportunities
You’ll learn more in one weekend about startups, entrepreneurship, and business than you could ever imagine. You’ll be able to apply what you learn at Startup Weekend to developing your own products or business.

6) Get Involved in the Local Startup Community
The global startup movement is growing and Sacramento has a great, vibrant startup community. Startup Weekend is a great opportunity to meet others in the Sacramento startup community and get involved with the revitalization of our region.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up now for your chance to tap into all the great opportunities that await you at Startup Weekend Rocklin








Techstars Startup Weekend is Coming to Rocklin

Calling all Placer County entrepreneurs! Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is coming to Rocklin February 23 – 25, 2018. Startup Weekend: Rocklin is your chance to launch a company in just 54 hours! This empowering event offers a fun, intense, risk-free way to get your startup off the ground; connect with other passionate and skilled individuals; and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform your ideas into reality.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

When: Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
Where: Hacker Lab Rocklin, 4415 Granite Drive #200 Rocklin, CA 95677

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you’ll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You’ll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at rocklin@startupweekend.org or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

REGISTER NOW!








Learn How to Create Your Startup Idea! – Free Workshop

Still not sure if you’re idea has the potential to be a startup?

You’re in luck! The Sacramento Startup Weekend team is hosting a series of free workshops that gives attendees or those interested in attending a chance to develop their ideas to pitch at the 2018 Sacramento Startup Weekend, Women’s Edition.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at any of the upcoming FREE events:

  • Thursday, January 11 at 5:30 pm at Hacker Lab in Midtown
  • Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 pm in Davis
  • Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm at Sac State

What you can expect at this workshop:

Our team has developed a hands-on agenda that will help attendees understand what makes a strong startup idea that has the potential to be a business. Using IDEO’s Human-Centered Design methods, attendees will walk away with one or more ideas, and understand the beginnings of validating a startup idea.

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the upcoming Startup Weekend Sacramento, Women’s Edition happening February 9 – 11 in Downtown Sacramento. Bring your Startup Weekend questions and be ready for a great time!








Startup Weekend East Bay 2017 – Teams and Demo Day Pitches

  • The Sileo Foundation
    • Description: The Sileo Foundation provides places of services where homeless youth reach advantageous places with outstanding leaders through professional programs in a 90 day-process.
    • Team Members: Hector Topete, Jericho Apo, Ken Belangel, Roberto Nieto, Jessica Watson, Nilufar Chaus, and Jessica Inson

  • Foobids
    • Description: Focusing on changing consumers approach in searching food and creating a better relationship with consumers and restaurants.
    • Team Members: Abraham Kinfu, Jeromie Ingalise, Naveen Bhoomakkanavar, Bhushan Parulekar, Evan Brandt, Tarun Singh, Shruthi Shivaswamy

  • Plai
    • Description: An AI-powered game development engine for easily adding limitless unique content.
    • Team Members: Miguel Bomchil, Eli Cohen, Karan Monga, Kanoa Redic, Max Schoeffer, Bhavdeep Singh, Sandra Torres

  • GoRent
    • Description: Platform for landlords, renters and property managers to centralize, simplify and revolutionize the renting process.
    • Team Members: Amr Ramdani, Nimisha Pandey, Giselle Villalobos, Ricardo Marquez, Sagarika Annapragada, Meryl Bonge, Crystal Foggy, and Dennis Cobos

 

  • Ad Insights Pro
    • Description: Ad Insights Pro is one advertisement platform to rule them all.
    • Team Members: Westin Means, Hemal Adani, Jacob Teague, Jeremias Patajo, Leo Li

  • Cliqued
    • Description: The simplest way to unify and connect. Eliminate the friction of network building.
    • Team Members: Bryan Cortez, Glenn Norris Jr., Linda Beverly, Patricia Rodriguez, Joseph Andrews, Jamie Beverly, Chaitanya Nijhara

  • Class Zoo
    • Description: A Platform that Connects Parents, Teachers and Students to Reinforce Positive Behaviours.
    • Team Members: Felicia Chanco, Pablo Garnica, Louie Ramos, Erin McGarry, Stephen Wong, Andy Li, Kelsey Banes, Rigley Dutra

  • Next Time
    • Description: An app to help remember places and people when it’s relevant and timely.
    • Team Members: Jose Miguel, Maciej Hepner, Kate Yoak, Kelly McConnell, Jen Larson, Emmaleigh Brown, Sasi Goteti, Vera Wen, Francis Nguyen

  • Jeet
    • Description: Helping groups of people find the perfect place to eat.
    • Team Members: Ersin Kozak, Matthew Gounod, Angelina Rivera, Vic Tutla, Gerardo Sandoval, John Wong, Jade Woo, Abhishek Rajbhandazi, Yashank Varshney, Ruby Tran Hong Ngoc, Katrina  

  • Financial Buddy
    • Description: An app that will help support the financial health of military veterans.
    • Team Members: Nicodemus Moore, Jesus Sanchez, Zuhayr Mallam, Bobo Nie, Lony Phitsmay

  • ACHLLS
    • Description: API making websites, ADA compliant and accessible to the visually impaired.
    • Team Members: Aaron Belief, Tionna Henley

 








Startup Weekend East Bay 2017

Startup Weekend EB Friday, May 19 – 21, 2017 is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. For more information, follow along on Twitter!
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SWVC 2017 Product Sponsorship by Zebra Technologies

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) announced that Zebra Technologies, a global leader in providing solutions and services that gives enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, will be SWVC 2017’s product sponsor. SWVC 2017, organized by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, will be held at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California on April 21-23, 2017.

SWVC 2017 will bring together entrepreneurs from healthcare and agriculture end-user sponsors (Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, Ventura County Medical Center, Limoneira, Bonipak and Reiter Affiliated Companies) and team them up with subject matter experts, healthcare professionals, agriculturalists, physicians, farmers and engineering/business students from universities like UCSB, Cal Poly, CSUN, CSUCI and Cal Lutheran. Teams with the most promising ideas addressing the challenges faced by the healthcare and agricultural industries will develop proof of concepts over the weekend and present their work to a judging panel made up of senior executives including Zebra Senior Vice President, Hugh Gagnier. Winning ideas and concepts will then have the opportunity to be funded.

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SWVC 2017 Technology Sponsorship by Semtech

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced it is the technology sponsor of Startup Weekend Ventura County 2017 at Rancho Campana High School, April 21-23, in Camarillo, Calif.  The event is focused on providing solutions to healthcare and agricultural challenges specific to the region, as well as stimulating the area’s startup community.

Semtech, headquartered in Camarillo, will provide participants complete developer kits, featuring its LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and LinkCharge™ wireless charging systems, as well as onsite engineering assistance during the 54-hour event. In addition, Semtech will award a $15,000 cash prize, mentorship and resources, to a winning company from each category (agriculture and healthcare).

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SWVC 2017 Cash Awards

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) announces today that SWVC 2017 will offer two cash awards as seed money, $10,000 to the most likely to succeed startup in healthcare and $10,000 to the most likely to succeed startup in agriculture. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up primarily of CEOs of local corporations. The awards will carry no interest or repayment obligations. The winner must incorporate to receive the money.

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Tackle Challenges provided by End Users

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) announces today that a list of healthcare challenges and a list of agriculture challenges are now available on Camarillo Chamber’s web site (http://www.camarillochamber.org). These challenges are provided to SWVC by the rank and file of Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, Ventura County Medical Center, Limoneira, Boniak and Reiter Affiliated Companies. SWVC 2017 will bring intrapreneurs from end user sponsors and team them with entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, healthcare professionals, agriculturalists, physicians, farmers and engineering/business students from nearby universities to address these and other challenges. Teams with innovative solutions will develop proof of concepts over the weekend and present the results of their work to a judge panel. The CEOs of SWVC’s end user sponsors and other technology CEOs will be on this judge panel. The best in class winner will receive an in-kind award book worth over $3,000. The most likely to succeed winner will receive cash prizes of up to $25,000. For details, visit http://www.startupweekendventuracounty.com. SWVC 2017, organized by Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals will be held at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, California on April 21-23.

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Description of a Founder

In an article by Larry Kim, Founder & CTO of Worldstream called “how to build a great tech company that VCs will love“, he quoted Sarah Hodges of Pillar Venture Capital on what she looks for in founders. Three take-away are:
 
“To be successful, they have to have a clear understanding of what they’re aiming for, and why it matters. It starts with being purposeful about the culture you’re building from day zero, and continues with being intentional about communicating how your business and its needs are changing.”
 
“Some of the best founders I know are the ones who have a profound understanding of a market and deep empathy for a specific customer pain point.”
 
“Building a successful company requires getting the right people on board – recruiting employees to join your team, convincing advisors to lend their support, selling to customers. People want to rally behind leaders with an inspiring vision. Successful founders have the ability to sell their mission, developing relationships with people who elevate their game. They’re people who blow through walls in the face of adversity, and actively seeking out advice to broaden their perspectives.”

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